Welcome to the Cityparents Experience Bank

How was your experience of taking parental leave from work? Are you curious to know how other City professionals have managed their time away from the office and their subsequent return? Are you about to take leave and want to hear the experiences of others?

To find out, explore our new Experience Bank, an online space for our members to share anonymous experiences of parental leave, including maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption, surrogacy and compassionate leave, and career breaks.

You can search Experiences by various criteria including type of leave, length, work pattern on return, and the type of experience.

If you'd like to submit your Experience, please do so here.

Please view our Experience Bank Disclaimer here

Leave Type Profession Type of experience Subject Replies Views
Maternity Law Negative Maternity leave & flexible working 0 1171
Maternity Asset Management Positive A promotion just before I left gave me a huge boost 0 1017
Career Break Consultancy Positive Return to previous employer after extended career break 0 1111
Maternity Law Mixed Unconscious bias has an impact 0 1498
Maternity Other Mixed Applying for a promotion while on maternity leave 0 1549
Shared Parental Other Mixed Different highs and lows to those I expected 0 1107
Maternity Law Mixed no mat leave! 0 1544
Maternity Law Mixed Some ideas to help other returnees 1 1395
Shared Parental Law Mixed Mixed, but mainly positive! 0 1261
Maternity Investment Banking Negative Faced redundancy upon return 1 1533
Career Break Information Technology Negative Feeling stuck 0 1001
Maternity Real Estate Negative Confidence lost 0 1135
Paternity Investment Banking Positive Dad returning to work after a short break 0 1047
Maternity Asset Management Negative Could do better! 0 1041
Maternity Investment Banking Negative First maternity leave - supportive manager but clueless team 0 1093
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